I wanted to take a moment to thank readers and visitors alike. Without you I wouldn’t have realized my dream of being a writer.
I believe there’s a symbiotic relationship between reader and writer; a relationship of trust.
I hope everyone has a safe week and those celebrating Thanksgiving, including our friends in Plymouth, England, a good holiday.
Final edit is interesting. With most of the hard work done the important aspect is to approach the manuscript as a reader.
It is very hard to disconnect from being the writer at this point.
I need to remember that the story is done. It’s the grammar or other errors that need a look see.
Missing quotation marks, changing the order of predicates, etc. for readability.
I’ve come to see in recent weeks that what I’m most likely to change is the tense of a verb or helper verb.
There are multiple ways to express an idea. These subtle tweaks are for smoothing out the flow.
Who writes the rules? I think I’ve finally managed to exorcise the voices of various literature teachers from my mind when in edit mode.
Especially my beloved fifth grade teacher who thought my relationship with commas interesting.
I have a young friend to thank for this.
For reasons of high irony.
Several months back I was helping her with an English assignment.
Object and subject of a sentence.
I got every one of them backward.
Though I definitely screwed that one up – and thank God she forgave me though I doubt her English teacher did – I couldn’t help but think of two further ironies
- though I did well in the classes, I was bored to tears by grammar
I really didn’t enjoy diagramming sentences..
- Author grammar is far different than school grammar.
And that doesn’t begin to touch on the grammar you need for a college thesis. Fortunately I was advised of the reference book I needed to use to have my format accepted.
Brain Scramble. I once read about a group of nuns in the US Midwest who regularly lived into their 90s – 100s with no degenerative diseases.
With few who needed reading glasses.
They agreed to a long-term scientific study which included donating their brains to science. What came out of the study was that a number of the women were writers and had been for most of their lives.
Writing since adolescence if not before.
I believe the need to continuously relearn and switch gears keeps the brain healthy as new neuropathways are needed to handle the seemingly meaningless need for grammatical change.
As a holistic doctor, I know there are more elements that go into whether or not someone is healthy into their dotage but I found the study rather interesting in light of trying to explain to a student that grammar rules change to fit the circumstance.
Distressing for analytical thinkers like me. Change for the sake of change?
I’m on track to release Redemption for purchase by the end of this month.
Looking ahead. I completed the first draft of a nonfiction book that is part of a larger project.
Details in the weeks to come.
I’m also evaluating which of three stories going through my mind I want to do next.